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Get to Know the Coast at Three UNH Marine Research Facilities Oct. 2

By Beth Potier, Media Relations
September 22, 2010

On Know the Coast Day, Oct. 2, 2010, visitors to UNH’s Coastal Marine Research Facility in New Castle can visit university research vessels at the nearby pier.

Swimming and sunbathing in the summer heat are becoming distant memories, but beachgoers can extend the season at UNH’s first Know the Coast Day Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010. The free, family-friendly event offers the opportunity to meet the sea creatures, UNH scientists, research vessels and laboratories that comprise New Hampshire’s vibrant marine scene.

Hosted by the UNH Marine Program, Know the Coast Day invites the public to explore UNH’s three marine laboratories: Jackson Estuarine Lab on Great Bay in Durham, the Coastal Marine Research Facility in New Castle, and the Jere Chase Ocean Engineering Lab on the UNH campus in Durham. Events, which run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., are co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Sea Grant College Program and the UNH Marine Docents.

“Despite the modest length of our coastline, New Hampshire has deep roots to the marine environment, from the watersheds that feed Great Bay to the bay itself and to the marine environment in the open waters of the Gulf of Maine,” says Jon Pennock, director of the UNH Marine Program and N.H. Sea Grant College Program. “We look forward to introducing our neighbors to the UNH faculty and students who have worked to expand our knowledge about these fascinating ecosystems, from Great Bay and the Gulf of Maine to the world’s oceans.”

Know the Coast Day (Oct. 2, 2010) visitors to Chase Ocean Engineering Lab at UNH will learn about the technology that helps scientists better understand the ocean and its inhabitants.

At Jackson Estuarine Lab at Adams Point, visitors can learn about oysters and eelgrass, step aboard the Gundalow, hike along the coast, and make a fish print. Cutting-edge technology, from ocean mapping and ocean renewable energy to the ocean engineering wave tank and buoys, will be on display at the Chase Ocean Engineering Lab. At the newly renovated Coastal Marine Research Facility, kids of all ages can get up close to lobsters, flounder, open ocean aquaculture, a commercial fishing vessel and numerous UNH research vessels.

For a full schedule of events, along with details on parking and directions between the sites, go to http://www.unh.edu/knowthecoast/schedule.html. Find Know the Coast Day on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/knowthecoast.

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